FEMA Individual Assistance now available for those affected by Imelda

October 10th, 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now offering assistance to Houston residents affected by Tropical Storm Imelda, Houston City Councilman Dave Martin has announced.

Applications for FEMA Individual Assistance for Imelda recovery will be open through Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. FEMA may provide Houston home owners, certain types of renters, and businesses with the following types of assistance:

  • Home/Primary Residence: FEMA provides assistance to individuals and families who have lost their homes as a result of a presidentially-declared disaster. If you are a renter or homeowner you may qualify for assistance. By law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance. If your home was impacted by a major disaster, FEMA recommends that you apply for assistance by clicking here.
    • NOTE: FEMA does not offer assistance for a secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when one’s primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.
  • Business: FEMA does not offer assistance for small businesses impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster. However, FEMA partners with the Small Business Administration, which offers low interest loans for business damages. Learn more about the business loan application process by clicking here.
  • Other Needs Assistance: FEMA offers disaster assistance for some other disaster-caused expenses, including medical and dental, child care, funeral and burial, essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle, and some clean-up items.

Click here or call 1-800-621-FEMA for more information. Residents can visit www.houstonrecovers.org for additional recovery information.